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five! five! FIVE!


this little love is FIVE today. i can remember being five. i got a tea set, loved my rainbow-sleeved shirt-tails shirt and had my first official friends birthday party. what will eve remember from this day? will it be riding daddy's shoulders to school? waking up with the birthday banner (finally) finished and displayed in her honor? ruthie shouting over and over and over "it your birthday, eve! it your birthday!!"? maybe she'll remember her baby brother swatting at the shower curtain, trying to get in with her and soaking himself in the process. she might remember me sewing her birthday shirt seconds before she needed to leave (and minutes after). possibly she'll remember sitting on our bed opening birthday cards (cards in the morning, presents at night) from her dear family. she might remember her own disbelief "am i really five now? really? five?" or she may remember none of it. but i will remember. i will remember rushing and sewing her shirt to help make her special day just a little more special. i will remember ruth and charlie and chip slowing our usual morning routine to celebrate. i will remember looking at this big, beautiful little girl and feeling about her now the way i felt the moment she was brought into view and placed on my chest. absolute amazement. i will remember sitting here typing, my eyes stinging as i think of how much this little one is to me, to our family. she is our first. the protector, the encourager, the comforter. she has so much growing to do, so much to learn and be. but for now i will not think of that. i will freeze time and sit in awe as i think that she has been ours for five years. . .five years. . .

and then i will get busy. because this one is also a taskmaster. banana cupcakes to bake, crowns to cut out, goodie bags to tie for our class celebration this afternoon and then there is the dinner to prepare, rainbow cake to assemble and gifts to wrap for our family celebration tonight. we'll see how much happens. regardless, we'll be having a fun day. the perfect day. just like five years ago. 

the birthday shirt with the number eve is now thrilled to claim as her very own, thanks to my recently re-united best friend; freezer paper. disregard non-ironed back. and wet, messy hair. there's only so much a sentimental procrastinator can get done on a great morning like this. . . happy friday the 13th! (clearly, always a lucky day around here).

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wait....did you make the whole shirt in the morning? if so, you are able to pull off some amazing procrastination!!

and happy birthday eve!

March 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam

What a sweet and lovely post...it made me tear up a little!

March 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLila

Wow, that's an awesome shirt! Your blog posts haven't been updating in Bloglines (at least not in mine...) so I was happy when I clicked over to your site and saw about 5 posts waiting for me! Happy birthday to eve, and thanks for sharing your creativity!

March 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersarahkeith

hooray eve! can't believe that your beautiful girl is five.
love the shirt.

March 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Happy Birthday beautiful child!

The little shirt is too too cute!

March 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertroutay

amazing, just like everything you make.

March 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie

I love the shirt.. and can't believe little E is 5! Five! How is that possible? It just doesn't seem that long ago she was sitting in your lap or crawling around the park or barely walking. But five years old?! Oh my.

March 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrooke

Oh, her celebration sounds wonderful. The shirt is precious as is your grown up five year old girl, thanks for giving us a glimpse into the special day.

March 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

You've made me cry 2 posts in a row!

March 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercate

my older daughter is turning 3 on 15th of may - and I CANNOT believe that I am mother to such a BIG girl - so its totally out of any imagination to see her turning 5...congratulations to all of your family from Austria!!!

ps great shirt - and great idea!

March 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdolores

what a sweet post. My little ellie turns 4 this year, gulp. I love the shirt. Maybe I will do a 4 for my little lady.

March 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpaula

Oooh- great idea, I should have made Paige one...ha ha. (I just bought ger a shirt that said "I'm not short, I'm fun sze")
Lots of bdays in the family this week!! Give Eve lots of hugs and kisses from us!!

March 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie

She really is the cutest. The shirt is wonderful - we may have to copy and make a 3 version for my little Jane in May. Happy Birthday to Eve!

March 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTania

Happy Birthday to Eve!! I love your birthday shirt and I think you are the luckiest thing about Friday the 13th! Uncle Bobby says Hi too!

March 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

5 years old! !!!!!!! It doesn't seem like 5 years since we struggled, feeding her with eye droppers. What a beautiful girl. What an amazing Mom she has. Love to all of you.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermom

ok, you kind of forgot to mention your shirt-making technique. hear of the magic of freezer paper, but i still don't get it.

happy birthday to the little one!

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercaroline

lovely again! happy (belated) birthday to eve! your family looks so sweet and i love your posts about them. makes me want to reverse my picture ban of my own kids and show them off as well... really must try this freezer paper thing. i discovered i have the instructions in one of my books - just need to find some time to put it to the test...

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbelinda

What a darling little shirt!

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Congratulations to Ruth—and to you, Katie—for these first 5 years. I know the wonderful bittersweet feeling such a milestone brings. Well done on the shirt too. Again and as always you are an inspiration.

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Happy birthday, Ms. Eve!!! Five IS a big year, indeed. (re: Shirt Tales! I so loved that cartoon-- didn't know anyone remembered it besides me!) Sounds like a wonderfully lovely, perfect birthday day (any day with banana cupcakes is already a winner, but rainbow cake and party favors to boot?!) Love the shirt.

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlaurel

I just adore your website - you have a beautiful family! I was wondering if you sew using patterns (which brands) or if you create these small masterpieces from scratch? Every piece you post is simply amazing and the kiddos look so comfortable in all of them.

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Your post brought tears to my eyes. As I prepare to celebrate my daughter's first birthday these words are very inspiring.

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly


Happy B-day!
She is so sweet!
I am in love for the blog ;)

a kiss and a hug from Brazil,

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkirafashion

I don't think I believe that she is 5. I thought her birthday was in May. Where is my head these days? She can't be five, she just can't.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteralyshabean

Happy fifth Birthday! It goes way too fast, doesn't it?

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

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